Monday, April 1, 2013

To Camp, or Not To Camp?

I contemplated doing an April Fools post today, but decided I like you guys better than to pretend I had read 50 Shades of Grey and decided it was the pinnacle of writing and nothing I could ever write would match it so I was quitting. Plus, I don't think I could have gotten through that without hurting myself, either from laughing or from "oh god I can't believe these words are coming out of my hands." So have a real post instead.

Considering Camp NaNo started today, it's probably not the best time to start contemplating whether I want to do it or not. Honestly, I've been back and forth on it for weeks now, and still have yet to arrive at a conclusion. None of my ideas are really biting hard and begging to be written right now. One plot is slowly growing and developing, but not quite at the rate where it's ready to be started. I know myself, I know how I write. If I start now to try and hit a deadline, when the story hasn't given up a lot of its secrets, it's not going to be finished. But I also know if I don't give myself a deadline, it's not going to happen at all. So what shall I do? Take the bunny, no matter how unwilling and try to make it cooperate, or skip this camp and let it work things out at its own pace? I really don't know. April's a busy month for me with my birthday at the end of it and family and friends trying to work in visits. But then, it's no less busy than November with Thanksgiving, and that doesn't get in the way of NaNo.

What to do, what to do...


  1. Well, you could always set a lower word count goal, and just use it as a tool to help you get some writing done -- any writing. You don't necessarily have to aim for completion. I mean, after all, a wrimo is a tool, not an end. You can use it however you want to. :-)

    Some fellow writers and I have adopted a motto for April -- Amplecti Insania -- embrace the insanity. Basically, we decided to quit worrying, have fun, and run away with whatever our muses chuck at us. So basically, if you want to do Camp for fun, then do it for the fun, and screw trying to force a finish. That way, it can't really hurt, now, can it? At least you'll find out whether it's working for you, and you'll know whether you're really not ready to start, or whether you just needed a running start. :-)

  2. I say go for it. I should sign up too. Maybe we can be in the same cabin (Camp NaNo still does cabins right?)